April 19, 2015 at 10:30 am
Building Seed Security in Canada
Speaker: Aabir Dey
As farmers, food activists, and citizens, we are getting better at knowing where our food comes from and who grows it, but how well do we know where our seed comes from and who grows it? In 2013, the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, launched a series of farmer support programs focused on developing regionally-adapted high-quality seeds suitable to ecological production systems. Aabir will talk about this innovative program, its successes and challenges, and discuss ways in how to effectively move forward to build a Seed Secure Canada.
Aabir Dey graduated from York University’s Master of Environmental Studies program, where he researched the viability of organic vegetable seed co-operatives in Southwestern Ontario. Since then, he has been working for the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security by connecting with seed producers and farmers across Canada to better understand the challenges they face in producing organic seed. Aabir is working at Everdale, in Hillsburgh, Ontario, a teaching farm that provides hands-on, solution-based food and farming education to build and engage healthy local communities. Aabir’s passion for seeds began while he was completing the Sustainable Farming Certificate at Everdale, by helping Bob Wildfong harvest 120 varieties of garlic as part of Seeds of Diversity’s Great Canadian Garlic collection project.
April 26, 2015 at 10:30 am
Speaker: Rev Carly Gaylor
How do we maintain hope in the face of story after story of hardship, suffering, and environmental degradation in the world? How do we maintain hope in our UU community as we try to find common ground from which to act together for change? Drawing on work by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone, we’ll explore hope as a spiritual practice.
Rev. Carly Gaylor serves as Assistant Minister for Outreach & Social Justice at the First Unitarian Church of Hamilton, as well as coordinating a weekly lunch drop-in program and teaching yoga. She is passionate about spiritual growth, community building, and social justice.
May 3, 2015 at 10:30 am
Tell Me a Story
Speaker: Lynn Harrison
Stories are an important part of human experience. From early childhood until the end of life, certain stories stay close to our hearts and guide our choices - often unconsciously. Can stories be “truthful” even when they are not factually accurate? Do we ever use stories in dishonest ways? What are the stories we tell about ourselves and each other, and how do they hurt and heal us?
Lynn Harrison is a Candidate for Unitarian Universalist ministry. She was the Intern Minister at First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto in 2013-14, is graduating from Emmanuel College (University of Toronto) in May and will be ordained in 2015/16.
Sunday Services Chair: Sharyn Devine